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In these Postdoc positions you will join Guido Bacciagaluppi who recently was awarded an ERC Advanced Grant for the project ‘BOHR21: Niels Bohr for the 21st Century’ (press announcement). Bohr was a central figure in the development of 20th-century physics, but his thought is difficult to understand, its reception has been fraught with misunderstandings, and its contemporary relevance is still unclear.
You will make a major attempt to clarify Bohr’s position in the philosophical debates of his time and of today, with particular reference to the philosophy of physics, the philosophy of biology, and general philosophy of science. You will make extensive use of historical resources, especially those in the Niels Bohr Archive in Copenhagen, integrating historical and philosophical methods and insights. Among many other research questions, you will aim at clearing away the positivist cobwebs from Bohr’s image in the philosophy of physics, and investigating Bohr’s influence on organicism in theoretical biology, at exploring potential uses of Bohr’s notion of complementarity in contemporary debates in philosophy of science (e.g. on emergence and reduction).
Besides collaborating extensively with the Niels Bohr Archive, you will liaise also with the ROTO research project led by Jan Baedke at Bochum. Utrecht has a long tradition of research in the history and philosophy of physics and will concurrently host Niels Martens’ ERC Starting Grant on the philosophy of cosmology.
Moreover, you will
You are not required to teach but will be given the opportunity to do so if desired.
We are looking for an enthusiastic colleague with multiple of the following:
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You will be part of a vibrant and diverse community, working in a (shared) office either in the Freudenthal Institute or in the adjacent Freudenthal building. Activities involve research seminars in foundations of physics, philosophy of cosmology, and philosophy of science, as well as Freudenthal research seminars, Descartes Colloquia (in town), and a variety of physics colloquia.
The History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) group at Utrecht University is part of the Freudenthal Institute, which includes also mathematics and science education and communication. The HPS group is one of the largest of its kind in Europe, and is responsible for one of the largest HPS Master programmes in Europe. The Freudenthal Institute is part of the department of mathematics and is located in the same building as theoretical physics at the Utrecht Science Park. You will also be a member of the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities, an overarching platform with members from all faculties of the University. The centre funds several junior and senior visiting fellowships every year, summer schools and more.
Heidelberglaan 8, 3584CS, Utrecht
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